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#170594 - 07/23/05 05:28 PM Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate??
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So when sparring full contact and even self defense, what are some differences between the way Kung Fu practitioners would go about it and Karate practitioners would go about it?

What are the different methods, different thoughts of attack and defense between the two.

Kung Fu and Karate in general please

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#170595 - 07/23/05 07:37 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: GojuRyuboy13]
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That's a pretty big generalization. You are talking about generalizing several hundred distinct styles for the purpose of comparing them on the basis of two categories.
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#170596 - 07/23/05 09:06 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: GojuRyuboy13]
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tjere are various basic things (these are BIG generalisations), stance; the kung fu centre of gravity is lower wheras karate is more stood up.
fists; karates is horizontal - kung fu's vertical

i don't know any more off the top of my head.
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#170597 - 07/23/05 09:55 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: funstick5000]
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Funstik, I would have to say that these are "big generalizations." Can't disagree or agree. Have to agree with Roger...too many styles to easily identify a couple of differences in the aspect of attack and sparring.

-B

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#170598 - 07/23/05 09:58 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: butterfly]
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Quote:

..too many styles to easily identify a couple of differences in the aspect of attack and sparring.
-B




True. Isshinryu karate uses a vertical fist, too.
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#170599 - 07/23/05 10:16 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: funstick5000]
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These are BIG generalizations! We do a 3/4 at our school(karate). Everything will be different from school to school.
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#170600 - 07/23/05 11:17 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: GojuRyuboy13]
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Okay, Well I thought that a lot of the Kung Fu styles were all really similar by means of roots or something. Same with Karate as well.

Since all of you know more about different MA's than me anywya..........how about just taking some of the more common/popular styles of Karate versus some of the more common/popular styles of Kung Fu.

LIke long fist styles vs. non-lonng fist style or something,

forgive my ignorance
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#170601 - 07/23/05 11:23 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: GojuRyuboy13]
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It's really an impossible question. All schools are different even within styles,within those schools individuals have different fighting styles based on their own experiences.
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#170602 - 07/23/05 11:41 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: GojuRyuboy13]
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I've sparred someone before who did Kung Fu. There are a lot of people in my program and year who study different martial arts so once a week during the school year we get together and spar. It's a good experience to spar people of other arts, you learn a lot from each other.

If theres one thing I noticed when sparring the person who trained in Kung Fu is how relaxed and focused he was. It was almost like someone could die accorss the hall and he wouldn't notice anything. I was very impressed. His movements were calculated, never attempted a strike unless he knew there was a good chance he could score with it. Anticipated every move I could make. But I was most impressed with how relaxed and focused he was. I learnt a lot sparring with him and I think I really bettered my sparing skills by sparring with different people from various arts (there were people there who trained in karate, bjj, kung fu, mai tai, krav maga, tkd, kickboxing and then another guy where I wasn't sure what he studied, the person who trained in mai tai was actually my flight mechanics and fluid dynamics professor who I think had been training for 20 years and had 4th dan black belt in another art which I can't recall at this time.

If you ever have a chance to spar with someone who is not of your art, I suggest it. You would be surprised how much you can learn and how much your sparring can improve.

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#170603 - 07/23/05 11:51 PM Re: Difference in sparing between Kung Fu and Karate?? [Re: Christie]
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Thanks for a good reply,

Everybody now how about answer how she did and just share your experiances with sparring with other style fighters or students,

if you would please.
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